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t_schacher 01-16-2012 06:26 PM

Co-washing and thinning hair?
I have some thinning at the front/crown area which is maddening! My hairstylist said that it is probably because I was using conditioner and not shampoo, which could have clogged my folicles causing the thinning.

Has anyone else been told this? And is it true? Lorraine Massey doesn't shampoo for long periods of time, many of us on this site have co-washed for there any truth to this?

I am frustrated because my hair was in such great condition when I gave up shampoo but now I just don't know what to do. And I guess I'd rather have full, dryer hair than thinning hair!


crimsonshedemon 01-17-2012 10:38 PM

Hair stylists are mind controlled to believe that shampoo and silicones are the holy grail. Anything else will cause xyz.
Hair loss is caused by your genetic profile or disease. There are many communities around the world that live with scalps that are seldom cleaned but have no less incidence of balding heads than "cleaner" communities.

Do I believe co-washing is causing your hair to fall out? No.
But there is a reason your hair is falling out and you need to find out why. can be anything from stress, poor diet, medications,, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, autoimmune disease like lupus, anemia, and the list goes on.

For me, I lost my hair from lupus and the medications used in the treatment. Rogaine and Biotin have restored almost all of my hair.
I use Rogaine 5% (generic version) and Biotin 5000mcg. Rogaine takes 6-9 months to notice any change but since it's affordable (20$/3 month supply), it's not a big waste of money and there's little time commitment.

t_schacher 01-18-2012 11:13 AM

Thanks crimsonshedemon! That is what I was thinking too but I appreciate someone else's thoughts. Yes, I need to find out why I my hair is thinning. Glad to hear you have found a remedy.

crimsonshedemon 01-19-2012 01:58 AM

I suggest keeping a journal. Log everything- the weather, what you eat, activity, how you feel, etc. You may see a pattern form.
Make sure your not anemic, your testosterone level is good and your thyroid is functioning properly. both are common reasons women lose hair.
Many times doctors will ignore your complaint of hair loss unless they see bald patches. Just a heads up.

pinksugar 01-21-2012 12:14 AM

My hair was thinning when I was using Suave for my cowash. I switched to No Poo and I quit losing as much hair and have new regrowth. I've noticed a BIG difference.

Mirabella 01-23-2012 08:50 PM

I came across this article in regards to cowashing causing thinning: Excessive Shedding: Could Co-Washing Be the Culprit? hairscapades

This is probably not the case for most cowashers, but could be relevant for you.

skillsgill 01-24-2012 05:35 AM

Maybe it's not Co-washing, maybe you need protein
Hi, this is Shelli of Hairscapades. I know that this is controversial, but though I saw a little decrease in my shedding when I kept the conditioner away from my scalp, what really decreased my shedding was an ApHogee 2 minute Keratin Protein treatment. My shedding started to increase a lot in September/October last year. I mean, I couldn't touch my hair without strands coming out non-stop. The protein treatment stopped this in its tracks!!

ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor hairscapades

I hadn't used protein in forever and though I used henna, it was only on my roots as it was loosening my curls with repeated applications. So, I think my hair needed a strengthening treatment.

If you don't use protein, you may want to try it out ... and, make certain you follow a protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner (I would suggest a deep conditioner, not an instant one).

Hope that helps!

Andylynn 03-28-2017 12:30 PM

I've honestly been wondering this too! Over the past year or so I've noticed that there are areas around my crown where you can literally see my scalp. At first it wasn't that big of a deal and I just assumed it was cause my hair was splitting/parting there in a weird way but as a year has progressed it is def more than just that and becoming more noticiable. It literally has me in tears because it makes me feel ugly! And it's so weird because the rest of my hair is still thick and curly. It's just my roots and crown.

I've been trying to figure out what might be going on and then I recently heard someone say how co washing can actually cause hair loss. And the more I think about......I started doing co wash only a little over a year ago and it's been a year since this issue has started. While my ends are softer due to co washing I too am wondering if it's causing me to lose my hair!

Sorry this didn't really give you an answer but I just wanted to share that this hair loss/thinning hair issue seemed to only become a bigger issue after I started co washing

Bonadea 04-09-2017 09:41 PM

Ive asked this too before. I know my hair is fine and the hair in front is super fine. I was thinking maybe by cowashing I was manipulating the hair in that area too much, rubbing and scrubbing too much.

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